Domhnall Gleeson has dismissed speculation that he is in contention to replace departing star Matt Smith in Doctor Who.

Gleeson told RTÉ TEN: "There's nothing to [it].I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, [and was] laughing about the fact that people were saying that I was being talked about. I was like, 'That's lovely: my own agent is laughing at the idea!'."

He continued: "So, it's not true and there's nothing you can do about people just spouting a whole load of ***** on the Internet!

"It's a great series; Matt Smith's a fantastic actor. [Former Doctors] David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston – all the guys are amazing. So it was a lovely thought, but it's not true."

Gleeson's new film, the time-travelling romantic comedy-drama About Time, opens in cinemas on Friday September 6.